Design Anthropology in Participatory Design: From Ethnography to Anthropological Critique (Oct 2014, Namibia)
June 29, 2014 Leave a comment
Date: 6 October 2014
Location: PDC2014, Windhoek, Namibia
Deadline for submission of position papers: UPDATED 28 July 2014
Workshop at PDC2014.
In this workshop we explore the opportunities of ethnography and design anthropology in Participatory Design (PD) as an approach to design in an increasingly global and digital world. Traditionally, ethnography has been used in PD to research real-life contexts and challenges, and as ways to involve people in defining user-needs and design opportunities. As the boundaries between physical, digital and hybrid spaces and experiences become increasingly blurred, so do conventional distinctions between research and design. The workshop invites participants in the field to explore opportunities of using design anthropology as a holistic and critical approach to societal challenges, and a way for anthropologists and designers to engage in design that extends beyond the empirical.